Analytical tools for theorizing and writing
This book will be an indispensable and accessible guide for students and researchers in social theory. It provides analytical and practical tools for both theorizing and writing in a very pedagogical way. The book inspires to creative analyses and provides guidelines on how to bring order and systematics into an often complex research process. In short, this book is a vital contribution in constructing and presenting social theory. - Professor Kristina Hkansson, Gothenburg University, Sweden This remarkable book explores the development and use of social theory in ways that have seldom been attempted before. Far from being an endeavour that only the minority can and should engage with, everyone, from students to professors can and should theorise. Indeed with the help of the (relatively simple) expedients and tools recommended in this book it should be easy to develop social theory and to use it in the presentation of research findings. Strongly recommended to students and indeed to fellow professionals this book embodies the message that making, developing and using concepts is and should be central to the practice of social science. - Professor Stephen Ackroyd, Lancaster University, U.K
Jan Ch. Karlsson is Professor of Organization, Faculty of Business, Languages, and Social Sciences, Ostfold University College, Norway. Ann Bergman is Professor of Working Life Science at Karlstad University, Sweden.
List of figures List of tables Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Theorizing and writing social theory Social theory Theorizing Writing Writing in the research process Writing in the reporting process Outline of the book References PART I Tools for theorizing in social science Graphic representations Displays and property spaces as preliminary endpoints References Chapter 2 Basics of displays What is a display? Building blocks of displays Putting a display together Summary References Chapter 3 The use of displays in theorizing Theorizing by extending Theorizing by mapping interaction Stepwise theorizing Summary References Chapter 4 Basics of property spaces Constructing a property space Hidden property spaces Housekeeping Labelling the types: terms Developing existing terminology Summary References Chapter 5 Reduction of property spaces in theorizing Rescaling Indexing Logic reduction Empirical reduction Theoretical reduction Pragmatic reduction Summary References Chapter 6 Expansion of property spaces in theorizing Substruction More properties of existing dimensions More dimensions Combining property spaces Inserting process arrows Creating scales Summary References PART II Tools for writing social science References Chapter 7 The Model of Argumentation: chain of reasoning, chains of argument and arguments The rhetorical situation Purpose Persona Audience Tone The subject matter The model Summary References Chapter 8 Examples of using the Model of Argumentation The process of writing a social science text: an example The (preliminarily) finished structure of a text: an example The structure of Chapter 4, Basics of property spaces Constructing a property space Housekeeping Moving the model down one level Summary References Chapter 9 Theorizing and writing Research process and reporting process Displays Property spaces Writing Summary References Appendix: from Bergman, Ann, Jan Ch. Karlsson and Jonas Axelsson (2010) Truth Claims and Explanatory Claims an Ontological Typology of Futures Studies, Futures, 42(8): 85765 Index